Government shutdown postpones 21st annual Boshears SkyFest

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The 21st annual Boshears SkyFest scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to April 26 and 27 due to the government shutdown, event organizers announced Monday.

In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls, a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration, event spokeswoman Becky Shealy said.

At this time, Shealy said the waiver is sitting on a desk inside the FAA’s closed offices.

“Boshears SkyFest was advertised as an airshow and no waiver means no airshow,” Becky Shealy said of the Daniel Field festival which draws 6,000 to 8,000 fans to Augusta annually.

Shealy said organizers initially planned to downgrade the show to only include military plane fly-ins and fly-bys, but decided against that course of action.

“It just wouldn’t be right to do that to this community,” she said. “This community deserves the best. They deserve the show that had been advertised.”

The Skyfest has proudly held the title of being the only aviation event held within 100 miles of Augusta for the past 11 years, and each year has increased in both attendance numbers and local economic impact numbers.

The 2013 Skyfest promised to be the largest to date, said Carly Kobasiar, the director of marketing communications for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Barry White, the president and CEO of the Augusta CVB, said the postponement hurts vendors that planned on revenue this weekend, air show acts that booked trips to Augusta and restaurants near Daniel Field. But, holding the event in April should be a success for the city.

“Attendance and participation in the festival will be just as strong in April as it would be in October,” White said.

In 2012, the event brought in more than $40,000 in direct visitor spending to the city, and in was estimated to generate more than $171,000 this year. According to event organizers, this year’s show would have featured more vendor booths and additional aircrafts on display than ever.

“All performers said they would be more than excited to come back in the spring and give our community the show it was promised,” Shealy said.

Shealy said all advance tickets purchased will be refunded. For more information on refunds, contact Augusta Aviation at (706) 733-8970.

Staff writer Meg Mirshak contributed to this story.

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fedex227
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fedex227 10/14/13 - 04:09 pm
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"Shutdown postpones SkyFest"
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It's a SLIMDOWN - we're just getting rid of bloated government. Come on guys, get with the program.

john
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john 10/14/13 - 04:26 pm
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Make it hurt

Thanks Harry.

Mojoe
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Mojoe 10/14/13 - 04:41 pm
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Thanks Obama!

Just another thing to thank the community organizer from Chicago for!

fedex227
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fedex227 10/14/13 - 04:51 pm
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More accurately Tea Party Republicans ...
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Maybe they should propose another Bill? That's the ticket! House Bill number 156,612 - to allow Daniel Field to conduct an airshow. Apparently this is how Republicans want to run the government.

jrsc429
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jrsc429 10/14/13 - 05:00 pm
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leave out the acrobatics

Let's leave out the acrobatics portions of the Skyfest, and just have flybys and static displays. Augusta has too rich of an aviation history to not have the Skyfest.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/14/13 - 08:11 pm
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Funny how a government hack

Funny how a government hack can blame the tea-party... belay that last statement.. it makes perfect sense... Mr. Emperor... that suit is FABULOUS!

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Dixieman 10/14/13 - 08:44 pm
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Tjanks, Obama

I am sorry to see this postponed as it is an enjoyable event. However, if this is the price of defunding Obamacare and cleaning up the mess the Democrats have created in DC I am certainly willing to pay it. Not quite as expensive or burdensome as, "our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor," is it?

jmo
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jmo 10/14/13 - 08:54 pm
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Who cares?

The following Monday morning will be the same.

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dwb619 10/14/13 - 09:07 pm
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mid sixties "sky show"

Mid sixties had the informal Daniel Field Sunday morning sky shows.
Nick J. flying his home-built volkswagon engine plane thru the hangar, and Tony M. flying under the bridges on the Savannah River in his P-51.

bright idea
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bright idea 10/14/13 - 10:09 pm
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Timing???

When did the sponsors of this event submit their application for a waiver to the FAA? How long did the sponsors know the event was scheduled for this weekend? Shouldn't acquiring this waiver be the first order of business? This is a yearly event, right? Who depends on the feds to be timely even without a shutdown? I love football but if the season was cancelled because somebody failed to get a permit in a timely manner when they know September comes every twelve months I wouldn't blame it on the permit office being closed as of Sept. 1.

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karradur 10/14/13 - 10:32 pm
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...

So, it sounds like the Boshears Skyfest is just another "non-essential" program that we don't need!

Alternate response:

It was obviously personally shut down by the liberal socialist homosexual America-hating Muslim communist atheist space emperor Obungler who can't compromise on how many babies he wants to abort and toss into the Savannah River! WAKE UP AMERICA SHEEPLE TEA PARTY ALEX JONES FREEDOM WATCH PATRIOTS!

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/14/13 - 11:27 pm
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Not good news...

So let me get this right; an FAA agent being furloughed has prevented a 20 year air show from happening? And folks think we don't have too much government? Why the h*** do we need the FAA approval for anything? This is EXACTLY why we need smaller government. Just what are they "protecting" us from by allowing or not allowing planes to perform acrobatics? Every single aspect of our lives is controlled by some sort of regulation brought on by the "bright idea fairies" who seem to think that the only way to prove they are earning their paycheck is by always figuring out a way to regulate some more aspects of our lives.

Big giverment meet reason you will go away one day, soon I hope.

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kfaigle 10/14/13 - 11:55 pm
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legit

I think it's a very legit question on when was the waiver applied for? Geez, did they wait to the last minute to do so? Absolutely should have been one of the first things done

fedex227
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fedex227 10/15/13 - 08:06 am
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Come on Brad, even you have
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Come on Brad, even you have to concede that airspace restrictions need to be coordinated, practice areas for pilots participating need to be defined, frequencies allocated, NOTAMs need to be issued to private and commercial pilots in the vicinity, altitude restrictions need to be set, alternate plans due to unexpected weather conditions need to be established, and most importantly proximity to spectator guidelines have to be enforced ... let alone guidelines regarding the pyrotechnics used during the show. Government rules and regulations aren't always a bad thing.

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bradk 10/15/13 - 09:32 am
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Boshears Waiver

Reference comments about waiver timing. I have filed the waiver for the last 12 years. This year it was submitted 3 months ahead as it normally is. The FAA waits until about a month from the show to work the waiver . I had spoken to the young lady working our waiver a few days before the furlough. Everything was progressing and we were supposed to get our waiver within the week. This obviously did not happen. The decision to reschedule was a very difficult and painful one.
Boshears is put on by a group of dedicated volunteers who put their time and sometimes money into bringing this event to the community. We especially enjoy producing it for the young people in the area and hate to disappoint them.

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Jake 10/15/13 - 10:17 am
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Same thing....

.....happened out here in the Bay Area when Fleet Week was cancelled recently. No Blue Angels soaring over the SF Bay and no official honoring of the US Navy. Lots of money lost as well.

fedex227
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fedex227 10/15/13 - 01:55 pm
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bradk ...
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couldn't agree more. as an aopa/eaa member in good standing and one who participated in the fly-in in 2007, I can't imagine the airshow taking place without FAA oversight. It's a shame all around, for those looking forward to participate as well as attendees there to engjoy the airshsow. It's not a video game, and I'm sorry to see there are those out there that see this type event as one that requires no government oversight.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/15/13 - 09:17 pm
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No truer words will ever be

No truer words will ever be spoken... where would we be without government oversight....

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